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Music Monday: Too soon?

Published on September 15, 2014 By bmagnus

No, just too tacky. Urban Outfitters swears that their new vintage style Kent State sweatshirt isn’t meant to look like it’s spattered with blood, merely has “discoloration.” So what do you think: ignorance or bad sense of humor? Which would be worse? Don’t try to order one, they’re sold out. Lyrics. In Closing: follow the money, […]

Shutdown, Debt Ceiling, and Hostage Taking

Published on October 9, 2013 By bmagnus

So here we are over a week into the Government Shutdown. From where I sit, it sure looks like the Republicans are being more like RepubliCANTs, completely unwilling to negotiate in a world where negotiation doesn’t mean “give us everything we want.” Not that the DemocRATS are angels here, please understand. Right now nobody likes Congress […]

Take a deep breath

Published on December 15, 2012 By bmagnus

Yesterday, two terrible things happened. In Connecticut, a nutcase broke into an elementary school and killed over 20 people — most of them little kids — with guns. In China, a nutcase walked into an elementary school and injured over 20 people — most of them little kids — with a knife. Disclaimer: I do not […]


Published on September 20, 2012 By bmagnus

Today’s BlogHer Book Club selection is Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. As usual, this is a paid review but the opinions are my own. For more, be sure to start here. The first discussion item is here. Dr. Brown is a researcher in “shame and empathy.” The central idea of this book is that we all […]

Missing the Point

Published on August 25, 2012 By bmagnus

It is absolutely a tragedy what happened at the Empire State Building. Who can possibly predict that a guy who was laid off almost a year ago would come back and start shooting? Nevertheless, I’d like to digress for a moment to point out that it’s a lot safer to never hire a nutcase than […]

What IS the Matter with Kansas?

Published on May 12, 2012 By bmagnus

So Kansas wants to make it perfectly legal for a doctor to lie to a dumb bitch pregnant woman. Let me provide my own commentary on the ACLU’s points: It would provide legal protection to a doctor who discovers that a baby will be born with a devastating condition and deliberately withholds that information from his patient […]

Uh, Make Reservations?

Published on February 16, 2012 By bmagnus

  Once again, we have a post inspired by the BlogHer Life Well Lived campaign. The current topic? Getting Organized. And the question I have been asked to answer: What is your best tip for hosting a gathering, get-together or party that is enjoyable and stress-free for both the host and guests? Wow. They almost […]

My First Book Review

Published on May 10, 2011 By bmagnus

Maybe you knew — and maybe you didn’t — but I like to read. The nice people over at BlogHer asked me to take part in their BlogHer Book Club review-cluster (somebody needs to think of a word to describe dozens of reviews of one book) on Jean Kwok’s semi-autobiographical novel, Girl in Translation. Just […]

Follow-Up Thursday

Published on February 3, 2011 By bmagnus

HR3: “Ok ok, we’ll take that word out if you’re going to get pissy about it. Damn feminists and liberals! We’d better get some concessions in return!” It’s still a bad bill that should not become law. Banking Corruption: Oh yeah, JP Morgan knew Madoff wasn’t quite legit, problem? Elizabeth Warren still needs to head […]

Jack LaLanne

Published on January 24, 2011 By bmagnus

The man who revolutionized exercise in America, Jack LaLanne, died yesterday at the age of 96. He performed several spectacular public stunts, set world records, had a popular exercise show for decades, preached weight-bearing exercise and healthy eating, owned health clubs, and invented a bit of equipment you’ll find in every serious gym, the Smith […]

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